Can the road project
I was one Alaskan glad to hear that Gov. Sarah Palin considered shelving the Juneau access road.

Angry about energy costs in rural Alaska
Here we are, the United States, in an energy crunch, or so it would appear.

Windfall profits tax simply a bad idea
Responding to the Outside editorial of June 13, I agree with the author that in addition to supply and demand, world events and United States foreign policy have a big impact on the cost of oil and ultimately, the price at the pump.

Cruise industry cleaned up its act
I was able to attend a tour last week on the Island Princess. It was an impressive enlightenment on how serious the cruise industry is in compliance with state regulations.

Outraged about U.S. plan in Iraq
I'm writing in response to an editorial, "Iraqi government signals desire for Alliance with U.S.," from the Washington Post, which ran in the Juneau Empire on June 16.

White gets 5 years for role in burglary and fraud ring
A judge Monday sent Roberta White to prison for five years for her role in the string of burglaries, thefts and fraud committed to fund the alleged drug operation of Vonnie Williams and Aaron Washington.

Juneau taxi owners press for idling fee
Sitting in an idling cab may soon cost you.

Redfern files new Taku barge plan with Canadians
The owners of the Tulsequah Chief mine submitted a new plan to Canadian permitters last week that replaces a controversial amphibious concept vehicle for its Taku River barge operations.

Palin appoints two with Juneau ties to state positions
Two construction industry representatives with Juneau ties have been appointed to state positions by Gov. Sarah Palin.

Photos: This tree is just right
A black bear cub sticks its tongue out after yawning Monday as it sits in a tree on Goldbelt Street. The bear was napping peacefully despite being heckled by a flock of crows.

Session back in Juneau July 9
The Alaska Legislature expects to take up energy relief payments soon after returning to Juneau following the Fourth of July holiday, say legislative leaders.

KINY, KSUP sale pending
Dennis Egan and Charlie Gray may be selling their radio stations, but they plan to stick around KINY and KSUP for the time being.

Photo: New Filipino restaurant opens downtown
Co-owner Leonore Beltran of the new Filipino restaurant Lutong Pinoy holds a plate of fried tilapia Monday. The restaurant is in the former location of Fernando's Mexican Restaurant.

Photo: Working on speed
Scott Phelps, founder of Speed Quest Instruction, Inc., right, gives encouragement as Juneau-Douglas High School student and runner Leah Francis works out during a speed drill Monday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field. The two-day Speed Quest Performance Enhancement clinic for grade school, middle school and high school athletes ends today.

Photo: Pickin' up guitar
First, Jason Norris of Bearfoot Bluegrass teaches a class in mandolin Tuesday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Second, Mike Mickelson, right, teaches abeginning guitar class during thebluegrass camp for kids. The camp isbeing led by members of the popularAnchorage-area Bearfoot Bluegrass. It continues today and concludes Thursday with a kids' concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Around Town

Photo: Changing command
Changing command: U.S. Coast Gaurd Capt. Mark Guillory gives his farewell speech Monday during a change of command ceremony for Sector Juneau. Sitting behind are Capt. Scott W. Robert, left, and Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Video gamers get worked
Local eighth- to 12th-grade students were racking their brains out last week during the first half of the two-week video gaming workshop held at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Rainbow for Girls president presides over assembly
JUNEAU - International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Grand Worthy Advisor (State President) Tabbitha Cobb will preside over the 46th Grand Assembly of Alaska International Order of the Rainbow for Girls today through Saturday at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Fourth of July parade entry forms due today
JUNEAU - Entry forms for the 2008 Fourth of July parade are available at the Juneau Visitors Center in Centennial Hall and the Mendenhall Valley library.

Our pet affection: Samson, Pepper
It's easy to have a love affair with a pet dog or cat. As is said of dogs, what more loyal companion is there in this world?

Prince of Wales resident shares original coleslaw recipe
Remember, it's all about the grill and your favorite side dishes.

Photo: And they're off
Kids start the potato sack race during Family Day at the Lake on June 14 at Twin Lakes.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Johnson Fred
Juneau resident Elizabeth "Bessie" Johnson Fred died June 20, 2008, in Mount Edgecumbe. She was 81.

Helen A. Novak
Former Juneau resident Helen A. Novak died June 3, 2008, in Green Valley, Ariz. She was 93.

Outside editorial: Better tapping
Here's a ringing endorsement: After defending the key provisions of a bipartisan measure to monitor foreign terrorists, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday, "I'm not asking anyone to vote for this bill, I'm just telling you why I was." Her ambivalence reflected her colleagues' mixed feelings about the Bush administration's controversial efforts to tap telephone calls and e-mails into and out of the United States.

Outside editorial: Pakistan's nuclear outlaw hasn't admitted everything
A 1-kiloton nuclear bomb can fit inside a suitcase and could kill about 25,000 people if it exploded near the White House. A 10-kiloton explosive, which could be hidden in the back of a Chevy Suburban, could kill about 100,000 people and injure at least 150,000 more. Those grisly estimates are courtesy of Cham Dallas, director of the Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia.

The end of the open road
In July 1893, 115 years ago, the historian Frederick Jackson Turner told an academic symposium that the American frontier was closed - a shocking notion for a people who'd defined themselves by their steady expansion across the continent. This spring, something just as profound and defining has happened: Pulled back by the inescapable gravity of higher prices and the growing scarcity of fossil fuels, we're starting a slow recoil into more dense and compact regions and localities. The frontier of endless mobility that we've known our entire lives is closing.

Consequences of abstinence-only policy
So all we know for sure is that something happened in Gloucester, Mass.

Media doesn't like Iraq's new story
There is a reason progress in Iraq is not receiving more attention. It isn't that Americans are "bored" or "tired" or have "moved on" or "don't care" or "have already made up their minds that the war was a colossal mistake." All of these are variations on themes articulated by certain liberals, Bush-haters, Barack Obama supporters (but I repeat myself) inside and outside the big media.

Assembly approves new spending
JUNEAU - The Assembly approved about $4.6 million in extra funding Monday to cover higher electrical costs and other various operating costs for city departments for this fiscal year's budget.

Planning commission considers ATV park
JUNEAU - Planning commissioners got a lesson Tuesday night on the physics of sound as they considered a proposed off-highway vehicle park at the Lower Fish Creek Rock Quarry.

Assembly OKs Coastal Management Plan
JUNEAU - The Assembly gave unanimous approval Monday to a new coastal management plan.

Airport Art project approved by Assembly
JUNEAU - The Assembly gave unanimous approval Monday to spending $100,000 for an art project to be housed in the city airport after it is renovated.

Change of command ceremony held
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard held a change of command ceremony Monday.

Juneau families open Filipino restaurant
JUNEAU - Lutong Pinoy, a new Filipino restaurant, opened Monday at 116 N. Franklin St., a space occupied most recently by the Mexican restaurant Fernando's.

City denies appeal to block housing plan
JUNEAU - The Assembly denied an appeal Monday by developers to block construction of high-density homes in the Mendenhall Valley.

Lawnmower driver charged with DUI
NORTH POLE - Alaska State Troopers used lights and sirens to apprehend a North Pole man accused of leading them on a slow-speed chase that covered several lawns.

Superintendent of Ketchikan jail retires
KETCHIKAN - A man who headed the Ketchikan Correctional Center for 20 years has retired.

State to evaluate oil and gas facilities
JUNEAU - The state is embarking on a $5 million project to evaluate all of its oil and gas facilities, from the North Slope pipelines to loading terminals in Valdez.

Boozer makes U.S. Olympic team
Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer will make his second consecutive trip to the Summer Olympics after being named to the U.S. Olympic basketball team on Monday.

Sports in Juneau

Photo: Hooray!
The RipTide's Ashley Boucher reacts after hitting a triple on Tuesday against the Reign during a Gastineau Channel Little League Major Softball game at Melvin Park. For more of Herbert Law's pictures, log on to

Diamondbacks slip past Dodgers
Kyle Gould tripled and Gary Speck hit a double to lift the Diamondbacks past the Dodgers 6-4 on Saturday in a Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Rural fuel costs on the rise
ANCHORAGE - The poorest families in rural Alaska will be paying much more for power and heat in the coming year than their urban counterparts, according to university researchers.

Legislators wait for word on energy plan
Gov. Sarah Palin has said she wants the Alaska Legislature to address soaring energy costs, but she hasn't said when.

Dems blast incumbent Young in debate
FAIRBANKS - Democratic candidates for Congress stuck largely to energy issues - and, when the chance arose, blasted incumbent Republican Rep. Don Young - at a Sunday night debate in Fairbanks.

Russia plans Arctic training exercises
MOSCOW - A senior Russian general said the military must train in the Arctic to uphold the country's claim to vast Arctic resources.

Transportation group OKs $2 million rail plan
FAIRBANKS - Transportation officials in Fairbanks have voted to set aside $2 million to reroute train tracks near the Interior city and North Pole.

Poor run brings subsistence restriction
FAIRBANKS - It looks like this year's king salmon run on the Yukon River could be one of the worst, forcing federal fisheries managers to curtail subsistence fishing.

Film brings traditions of Inupiaq to screen
It is the year for Barrow based-movies.

Man catches shark in Cook Inlet
KENAI - After nine years fishing for halibut in Lower Cook Inlet, the biggest fish John Vargo landed weighed 100 pounds. So, for him, reeling in a 7-foot, 4-inch-long salmon shark with a leg jig, an old reel meant for salmon trolling, and a little piece of herring was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Soup kitchens filling up
ANCHORAGE - They're seeing new faces in line at the Downtown Soup Kitchen.

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